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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 14, 2008 10:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: ah baseball.....

the all star game is a HO HUM affair usually, no doubt. but i do like it that they changed the rules so it would have significance -- that adds VEGAS VALUE. this is important. it is not just a dry heat..... (is that right.... like from track or horses?.... or am i just talking weather?)

SO, as far as it goes then, my money is on the AL. they seem to have had a major upper hand, LEAGUE-WISE, for the past 5 or 6 years, and i see no let up. the AL has domintaed interleague since its' inception. they have the pitchers. they have the hitters. that is what the fans want. MARQUEE VALUE! strikeouts and homeruns. however, (read: Mets, Yankees, Seattle, Detroit) this does not necessarily a good team make.

Inter-league Play:

the problem with interleague play is that it means less play against division and league opponents. but so what? according to many AIRHEADS the goal is.... WINNING IT ALL!!!! and while i disagree with that assertion, mostly, if the idea after 162 games and the playoffs and world series is to decide on the best team of the year, i like the idea that the teams have to prove themselves against the OTHER league to earn a chance to beat THEIR best, for... "IT ALL."

(w/o inter-league, you get these two different leagues, whose teams almost never compete outside of spring training, choosing one team each to battle for the title. wouldn't it make more sense to have the 4 best teams from both leagues compete in a round robbin? minus inter-league? for now, we have a wild 30 team playoff, held mid-season...)


and as this goes on, the domination of the AL in interleague and the All Star Game, it gets more heated -- eventually, we will see a great, hard fought All Star Game. this could be the year.... who knows....?

let;s get a game chat going perhaps,
Unabashed Fan of Oakland (UFO)








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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 15, 2008 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ah baseball.....

well, i think we can definitely say that 2008 saw a well-played, well-fought All-Star game; of course, objectively the AL should have won it in the bottom of the 10th and given Mariano the win, however, it is what it is and the AL takes the crown yet again anyway; i guess i'm pretty pleased, the last All-Star game in the old Yankee stadium tough fought, extra innings, edge-of-seat, just perfect; and dare i say it, praise for a Red Sox player, but gotta love JD Drew, he definitely did his bit and more ... can't say the same for the BIG STARS that started the match-up; cheers

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 16, 2008 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ah baseball.....

hey arb....

whaddaya know? it was a good one... lots of good plays.... and then the side story of dan uggla imploding.... poor guy, he brought my fantasy team back from teh depths in late may and june....

and i didn't LOVE the long pregame but it was OK, and the NY crowd kind of added an element of reality, and contributed to the "serious and solemn" vibe by booing many of the players! only in NY... (ok, maybe you'd get the same stuff in boston)......


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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 16, 2008 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ah baseball.....

well atleast the NY fans cheered Drew rounding the bases after his tying HR. They wanted the AL to win, whomever may hit the "shot."


the booing??? damn, wouldnt have it any other way!! That is what the NY/Boston rivalry is all about. Thought it was hilarious when they were chanting "overrated" at Papelbon - lol. Hope he took it for what it was.

great game even though i couldnt quite make it to the end

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 16, 2008 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ah baseball.....

A's Fans have a similar disdain for the Giants.

Of course when those two teams clashed it was for all the marbles, not just a measly Pennant.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 16, 2008 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ah baseball.....

yeah... i totally noticed that they cheered drew at that one point but then it seemed the cheers quickly subsided as they remembered he was a boston....

good stuff.

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Poster: veblen Date: Jul 16, 2008 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ah baseball.....

my current state of baseball whining aside the "purist" in me saw the score in the tenth forcing me to find the stream and watch the final innings...good baseball...that game was good for the game and good for me as well...

just glad there wasn't a tie after 12 like in 2002...though I am glad the game was decided in the 15th since there was something in the NL pitching change that had me thinking they might call it after 15...

and that was one bad day for uggla...he only 6 errors in 80 games...just hope his saxiosis is short-lived and he doesn't go to the next step of thinking that first base is three or four rows into the stands...


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